Small & Large Intestine

Colonoscopy Screening for Preventing and Detecting Colon Cancer

More than 50,000 men and women in the U.S. die annually from colorectal cancer, making it the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Yet, it’s also one of the most preventable cancers.

A colonoscopy screening can not only catch colon cancer early – when it is most treatable – but a colonoscopy can also stop colon cancer before it develops by finding and removing pre-cancerous polyps.  

Colonoscopy Procedure & Screening

University Hospitals offers convenient access to colonoscopy services at locations throughout Northeast Ohio. Our physicians are highly trained in both detecting the presence of polyps or other abnormalities and at diagnosing colorectal cancer. If colon cancer is found, our patients have access to state-of-the-art treatment options and the full expertise of our colorectal cancer team.

Who Should Get a Colonoscopy

You should have a colonoscopy screening if:

  • You are a man or woman age 45 or older with no risk factors
  • You are a man or woman age 40 with a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer
  • You have a personal history of colorectal polyps, blood in your stool, abdominal pain or other symptoms

What is a Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is widely regarded as the gold standard for colon cancer screening and is the most comprehensive test for early detection of colon cancer. A colonoscopy screening is also the only colon cancer screening that can stop cancer before it begins. 

Mother of 3 is Cancer-Free Thanks to Life-Saving Colonoscopy and Cancer Treatment

When 44-year-old Jenni Kozak began having colorectal pain, she didn't think it would be something as serious as cancer. But when she went to see University Hospitals gastroenterologist Michael Koehler, MD, he recommended a colonoscopy, which revealed that the mother of three had colorectal cancer. Thanks to timely diagnosis, surgery and treatment at UH, Jenni had an optimal outcome and is now cancer-free.


For more information about colon cancer, attend one of our colon cancer awareness month health talks:

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